Yesterday, Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced S. 934, the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act. This bill is the companion to H.R. 1324, which was introduced in March by Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.). S. 934, like H.R. 1324, seeks to update the definition of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value to correspond with current nutrition science. This bill would also expand the time and place rule, allowing the Secretary of Agriculture to have authority over competitive foods (foods and beverages sold on the school campus during the school day that compete with the nutritious meals available through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.)
SNA supports this legislation, issuing this statement on the bill. The Association has long advocated that all foods served and sold in school should be held to an appropriate and consistent nutrition standard. School nutrition professionals work hard everyday to ensure that all children receive healthy, balanced, and nutritious school meals. Failing to apply nutrition standards to foods sold in competition with the reimbursable school meals significantly erodes those efforts.
This legislation has the support of many members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are list as co-sponsors.
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